A Nice Gift In Mid-January

Posted in IndyCar on January 23, 2017 by Oilpressure

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If you are a ticket-holder for the Indianapolis 500 and you renewed your tickets for the upcoming race, chances are that you’ve received a package in the mail this week from IMS president Doug Boles. If you haven’t received yours yet, you might want to stop reading now if you don’t want me top spoil the surprise.

But if you’ve already gotten yours or don’t care about surprises; the Speedway sent out a commemorative DVD about last year’s Indianapolis 500 to (I assume) all ticket holders of record from last year’s race or those that renewed by the June deadline.

Those that held tickets in the last decade know that this was a regular thing back then, but the gesture mysteriously stopped after the 2008 race DVD was shipped. From 2009 through 2015, no DVD’s were shipped to ticket-holders. At least none were sent to those of us who sat in the less-expensive seats. Perhaps suite-holders or those with seats in the Paddock Penthouse got them, but us common-folk did not.

But Doug Boles continues to baffle the IMS brain trust behind the scenes, by thinking of the fans – and more importantly, thinking like the fans and giving us what we want. He could have not gone to the trouble or expense to put this DVD together and ship it out in January when fans are starving for a taste of racing. No one would have given it a single thought, because none of us were expecting it. But he did do it because he thinks down the road. He wants to give fans yet another reason to keep coming back, year after year.

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The DVD itself is very well done. The main feature runs for one-hundred minutes – an hour and forty minutes to tell the story of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. It not only gives a nice overview of the race, complete with interspersed interviews of race-winner Alexander Rossi and quasi-car owner Bryan Herta – but it also starts with the reconfiguration of the infield road course in 2013, the beginning of Project 100.

Then it goes to Midnight on the Yard of Bricks, when fans were invited to the Speedway last February when the countdown to the race was at one-hundred days. It quickly covered the Grand Prix of Indianapolis to kick off the Month of May, then it went into an in-depth look at the week of practice leading up to Qualifying weekend.

I made one comment to my One Take Only cohort John McLallen that I thought it followed eventual winner Rossi a little too closely. Yes, it covered some of the contact between cars and of course, the crashes; but I would have liked for them to focus more on the multiple battles up front before Rossi coasted to the win. John disagreed with me and he’s probably right. He said Rossi won the race and should have gotten most of the attention. I’ll be curious to hear from those that have already seen it and hear what they think.

I still have the 2016 Indianapolis 500 on my DVR, but other than watching it right after we got home last May – I haven’t viewed it again since. It was good to get to see it all unfold again eight months later.

While some will accuse me of sucking up to Speedway management, I would like to personally thank Doug Boles for doing something he didn’t have to do. Not only was it nice to watch a recap of the race in January, but this will be a great keepsake for years to come. If this was a one-time gift to commemorate the 100th Running, it was very much appreciated. If this is going to become the new norm after every race – even better. But even if this is a one-time gift, it’s good enough for me.

I am very encouraged by the management team in place at both IndyCar and IMS. Jay Frye is making huge strides for the Verizon IndyCar Series, while Doug Boles works tirelessly to bring the Indianapolis 500 back to being the place where everyone wants to be. The commemorative DVD is a very nice touch that I think everyone will appreciate.

Thank you, Mr. Boles.

George Phillips

Why Is INDYCAR Shouting?

Posted in IndyCar on January 20, 2017 by Oilpressure

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If you have found some of my posts on logos and such to be tedious and tiresome, you probably won’t like this one much either. I’m convinced that my wife loves me very much. But I also know that I drive her up the wall when I go off on some random and obscure tangent, which is not uncommon for me to do.

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When It Rains, It Pours

Posted in IndyCar on January 18, 2017 by Oilpressure

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As is usually the case, news has begun to pour out of the Verizon IndyCar Series now that the holidays are way behind us. Fortunately for Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee – our friends on Trackside – the news always pours out on Tuesday’s, the normal night for their weekly show to air so they can discuss the news items almost as soon as they happen. They always joke that it happens that way; but it is so frequent, I’m beginning to think there is some truth to it.

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Something To Whet Our Appetites

Posted in IndyCar on January 16, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Last October, we learned that the Verizon IndyCar Series had decided to make radical changes to the looks of the DW12 when the new common bodywork went into effect in 2018. Radical may be considered too dramatic of a word for some, but when you’re talking about making a DW12 look sexy – to me, that’s radical.

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Let The Gouging Begin!

Posted in IndyCar on January 13, 2017 by Oilpressure

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It’s that time of year again. It used to be that I wouldn’t start thinking about making my hotel reservations for Indianapolis 500 race weekend until mid-to-late February. Last year at this time, my friend Paul Dalbey (of More Front Wing) sent me a text telling me that rooms were already going quickly – and that was mid-January.

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Where Did The Time Go?

Posted in IndyCar on January 11, 2017 by Oilpressure

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As I grow older, I become more and more amazed at how quickly time passes. When I turned fifteen, it seemed like it took another ten years to pass before my sixteenth birthday and the driver’s license that went along with it. Conversely, when my kids were born, it seemed like they were ten in the blink of an eye. At my current ripe old age, the years are passing by like weeks used to. I like to assume that I’ll live to be at least eighty-five, which is another twenty-seven years away – but something tells me those twenty-seven years will pass by at light speed.

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Yellow, Yellow, Yellow!

Posted in IndyCar on January 9, 2017 by Oilpressure

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Every now and then, I get to experience a perk for being an IndyCar blogger. Over the Christmas break, I had the privilege of taking advantage of one of those perks. I received an e-mail from the producer of an upcoming documentary special, entitled Yellow, Yellow, Yellow: The IndyCar Safety Team. They asked me to preview it to see what I thought. Why they would ask an aging blogger sitting behind a keyboard in Nashville, TN to preview it is beyond me, but I gladly obliged and was later very grateful they had given me the chance to see it early.

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